A Reservist's Tale Of A Tour

I Want to Believe

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Both the X-Files reference and the fact that friends of mine have died here in Afghanistan make me share this sentiment. I want to believe that we have made a difference somehow. I want to believe that somehow this is all going to work, that we haven’t just delayed more strife for a while.

I’ve been here long enough to have seen that there’s some glimmers of hope, to see how incredibly resilient Afghans are, and how I think most of them want to believe as well.

If you don’t follow El Snarkistani’s blog, you should, it’s pretty much that simple. If you’re interested in what I write and thus about what’s going on here, then you should find his take interesting as well.

I Want to Believe.

Written by Nick

June 22, 2012 at 6:36 am

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  1. We have made a difference but we need to change our expectation of the effect of that effort. I am a firm believer in cultures and their societies going through hardships to develop. All (developed) nations have gone through very dark times and it’s the resolve of the people and their desire to progress that builds their strength. I am not aware of any nation that has had freedom handed to it on a plate, take it gratefully. Any nation has to fight amongst itself to find a resolution that suits it best. We also need to stop judging other nations by our own standards as even the outwardly legitimate countries have unsavory currents under the surface.


    June 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    • I’ve got no illusions about the end product, nor the process of getting there. In fact, I think it’s the unreasonable expectations of the Great Unwashed back home that drive the risk of failure, because I don’t know how many times I’ve seen people whine about “nothing has been accomplished” etc when they’ve never been here or seen anything, and they expect to somehow turn this place into a modern westernized liberal democracy. That just isn’t going to happen.


      June 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm

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